27 March 2009
Klaus Florian Vogt to replace Burkhard Fritz as Lohengrin
Klaus Florian Vogt will replace Burkhard Fritz as Lohengrin in Stefan Herheim's new production at Staatsoper Berlin.
This is the second major cast change for this production after René Pape was replaced by Kwanchul Youn.
Unfortunately I have never heard Fritz, so I do not know what is lost by his withdrawal. But I know what we get: a wonderful Lohengrin - with a soft, almost melancholic voice. It is a voice you just want to sink into and let yourself be drowned by, to use a metaphor appropriate for a Wagner lover. I was fortunate to hear Klaus Florian Vogt as Walther in Katharina Wagner's Meistersinger at Bayreuth last summer, and it was certainly one of the highlights of that summer. No need to say that the Bayreuth audience adored him. You will of course know Vogt from the DVD from Baden-Baden as Lohengrin in Nikolaus Lehnhoffs production. I don't mean any disrespect to Burkhard Fritz, but this change makes me very glad indeed.